[aprssig] google maps back on aprs.fi

Heikki Hannikainen hessu at hes.iki.fi
Sat Apr 4 04:19:29 CDT 2015

On Sat, 4 Apr 2015, Charles Doughtie wrote:

> YeahBut - - I'm confused. I thought the underlying reason for the 
> interruption was street view tracking but that is still functional. ???? 
> Glad to have it working again - hope the dispute has been resolved.

The reason was that Google Maps terms of service say Street View may not 
be shown alongside a non-Google map (such as OpenStreetMaps).

As a temporary measure I disabled OSM support, since it was quickest and 
easiest to do that, to get the service back up with a good certainty.

Because a lot of folks depend on OSM maps being more accurate in their 
area, I'll get OSM back online one way or another. One idea is to simply 
hide/disable the Street View features completely if you select OSM map 
tiles. I'll check with Google if that's OK, since I'm now in contact with 
them over email regarding this matter anyway. There might be additional 
changes needed, such as using non-google geocoding (address search), and 
reverse geocoding (showing address respective to a station's coordinates).

One option is to have a non-Google variant of aprs.fi running alongside 
it, as a backup. That'd be quite a lot of additional work for me to 

https://developers.google.com/maps/terms 10.1.1. h:

(h) No Use of Content without a Google Map. You must not use or display 
the Content without a corresponding Google map, unless you are explicitly 
permitted to do so in the Maps APIs Documentation. In any event, you must 
not use or display the Content on or in conjunction with a non-Google map. 
For example, you must not use geocodes obtained through the Service in 
conjunction with a non-Google map. As another example, you must not 
display Street View imagery alongside a non-Google map, but you may 
display Street View imagery without a corresponding Google map because the 
Maps APIs Documentation explicitly permits you to do so.

   - Hessu

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